Our new child car safety seat recovery trial program offers parents a free and environmentally-friendly option for disposing of their old child car restraints. By collecting and disassembling the seats on-site, the program aims to divert in excess of 900 tonnes of waste away from landfill and back into the recycling stream.
Families can do their bit to reduce their environmental footprint by disposing of their used child car safety seats during the trial which has now been extended until 30 September 2017.
The following types of child car safety seats will be acceptable for disposal at the collection sites:
- Rear facing infant carriers and bases.
- Forward facing seats.
- Booster seats.
A child may outgrow more than two safety seats before they are old enough to sit in a car without one. While some parents may choose to re-use seats or purchase them secondhand, it is recommended that child car safety seats be disposed of 10 years after the date of manufacture. This is to ensure outdated and potentially unsafe products are removed from the market and replaced by child restraints that meet updated safety standards. Disposing of a child car safety seat once it reaches its fixed life span or after it has been involved in a crash can give parents peace of mind that their child will be protected.
Removing worn or damaged child car safety seats from being reused not only better protects children and infants, but provides an opportunity to responsibly divert seats into an efficient resource recovery and recycling program. Currently most disposed child car safety seats find their way to landfill, when approximately 90% of the seat is of recyclable material.
For any further information about the child car safety seat collection trial please feel free to contact Damien Wigley on 0404 899 961 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The trial has received funding and support from the Queensland and NSW Governments (Waste Less Recycle More Initiative), Victorian Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group as well as major car seat brands including Dorel and InfaSecure and automotive association representatives from RACV, NRMA, RAA, and RACT.
Help us to stop up to 900 tonnes of waste a year going to landfill and back into the recycling stream by dropping off your child car safety seat here for free:
- Nudgee Resource Recovery Centre, 1402 Nudgee Rd, Nudgee Beach, Queensland.
- Willawong Resource Recovery Centre, 360 Sherbrooke Rd, Willawong, Queensland.
- Reedy Creek Community Waste and Recycling Centre, 61 Hutchinson Street, Burleigh Heads, Queensland.
- Tamworth Community Recycling Centre, Forest Road,Tamworth, New South Wales.
- Kiama Community Recycling Centre, 446 Riverside Dr, Minnamurra, New South Wales.
- Penrith Community Recycling Centre, 42 Charles Street (access of Dunheved Circuit), St Marys, New South Wales.
- Darebin Resource Recovery Centre, 30 Kurnai Avenue, Reservoir Victoria
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